Toby Keith, the US country music star known for hits such as ‘Red Solo Cup’ and ‘Should Have Been a Cowboy,’ has passed on at the age of 62.


Kieth died peacefully on Monday surrounded by his family, a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter) reads.

The singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2022. The statement added that “he fought his fight with grace and courage”.

“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on Feb. 5 surrounded by his family,” the statement reads. “He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”


Keith opened up about his cancer diagnosis while attending the People’s Choice Country Awards back in September 2023.

He told E! News that his cancer battle “is a little bit of a roller coaster. You get good days and, you know, you’re up and down, up and down”.

“It’s always zero to 60 and 60 to zero but I feel good today,” he said.

The singer became popular in the country boom years of the 1990s, writing songs that fans loved to hear.


Keith was famous for his post-9/11 songs like ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,’ and ‘I Love This Bar’ and ‘Red Solo Cup’.

Over his 30-year career, he played at events for several US presidents, including George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Trump awarded Keith a National Medal of the Arts in 2021.


He is survived by Tricia Lucus, his wife of nearly 40 years, and three children.

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